Catamaran Advantages vs. Monohulls
by Gregor Tarjan, Aeroyacht Ltd.
In order for us to appreciate the advantages of a catamaran it is important to be aware of their different attributes compared to monohulls. Although both types of vessels rely on watertight hulls to safely separate seawater from precious cargo, their stability is achieved via totally different means. Data of a typical 45’ monohull will be compared to a 45’ cruising catamaran, illustrating the diverse characteristics of both types of boats. Why are multihulls generally faster and do people really get less seasick sailing them? In this editorial Gregor Tarjan will objectively investigate advantages of catamarans such as their stable and spacious environment, low draft, and the fact that novice sailors feel more confident.
But be aware -not everything is a bed of roses. Although the well designed and built cruising multihull provides many rewards in terms of safety and handling, we will also investigate some of their drawbacks.
The following in depth Catamaran Tutorials will help illustrate in detail the many differences (and in most cases- advantages) of catamaran vs. monohulls.